A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Focused on action, not education, Miles Morales: Shock Waves does stress the importance of stepping up to help the community in times of trouble.
In difficult times, people can work together to make circumstances better. With great power comes great responsibility.
Positive Role Models
Of Puerto Rican descent but living in Brooklyn, Miles Morales wears the Spider-Man costume to fight crime when Peter Parker isn't around. Eager to learn how to be a superhero, Miles always wants to do the right thing. He's brave, clever, funny, and resourceful. The cast of characters are mainly people of color, from tech whiz Ganke to Kyle and her missing father, not to mention the supervillains Trinity and Vex.
Violence & Scariness
Superheroes battle one another with sonic weapons. Many fights and crashes involving motorcycles, with no real injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Miles and Kyle may have a mild crush going on.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Miles Morales: Shock Waves is a middle-school spin-off of the popular biracial (half African American, half Puerto Rican American) Spider-Man character. Writer Justin A. Reynolds (Opposite of Always and Early Departures) concocts a story focused on community service when Puerto Rico is struck by earthquakes. A few scenes of violence, mostly featuring motorcycle chases, fistfights, web slinging and "venom blasts." No swearing, smoking, or drinking. And just a touch of flirtation.
Is It Any Good?
Comics fans love to see their favorite heroes as teens, and this high-spirited adventure presents a younger version of a well-established crime fighter. Author Justin A. Reynolds provides plenty of snappy dialogue and suspenseful situations for Miles Morales: Shock Waves. Pablo Leon's art is vibrant and kinetic, capturing the high-flying action with grace and style. Well-meaning but a little blt bland in terms of plot, Miles Morales: Shock Waves could be more inventive, but it's still a lot of fun for fans and newcomers alike.
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